Hunting New England Shipwrecks


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(Bill Carter collection)

 Restored Telegraph
from Romance
(Bill Carter collection)

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Romance
Other Names Former name Tennessee
Vessel Type Passenger Steamer
Owner Bay State Steamship Company
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 245' / 38' / 16'
Tonnage 1240
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Steam / Propeller
Cargo Passengers
Built 1898 by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE
Date of Loss September 9, 1936
Reason for Loss Rammed in fog by steamer New York
Fatalities None
Location 1 mile north of Graves Lighthouse, Outer Boston Harbor
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 42-23-41 N / 70-51-50 W
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 80' Maximum
Typical Visibility (feet) 5-20'
Wreck Condition Broken up and scattered on gravel bottom
Diving Considerations Visibility is usually poor. Wreck is located in an area of heavy ship traffic; if you anchor near the wreck, be prepared to move your boat on short notice.
Other Information  
Attention Divers
The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors.  For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.

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